Support Services are those departments which support the daily functioning of the treatment programs or enhance the experience and learning of program participants.
St. Norbert Adult Education Centre
The St. Norbert Adult Education Centre (SNAEC) is operated by Manitoba Institute of Trades and Technology (MITT) in partnership with the Behavioural Health Foundation. SNAEC offers adults 19 years of age or older the opportunity to complete a Grade 12 Mature Student High School Diploma or to upgrade high school courses in preparation for post secondary education. The student body is mix of BHF residents and adults from the surrounding communities.
BHF K-6 School
Formerly operated in co-operation with MITT, in 2017-2018 the Kindergarten to Grade Six program was recognized by Manitoba Education and Training as an independent school. Unique strengths of the on-site school are the opportunity to participate in wholistic planning for families, access to and support from Indigenous Services, and daily opportunities to connect with parents and to work collaboratively with the daycare staff. With an excellent staff/ student ratio, the certified Teacher and Education Assistants are able to respond to the individual needs of the children while following Manitoba curriculum and guidelines.
The on-site licensed daycare is a unique support for families dealing with addictions and co-occurring mental health issues. The Early Childhood Educators and Child Care Assistants work with parents and the therapeutic community as a whole, to provide a safe, stimulating and developmentally appropriate play environment and to foster a positive sense of family and cultural identity.The daycare is licensed for four infants, eight preschoolers and twelve school-aged children.
Having stable employment can be an important step toward post treatment stability, yet the majority of adults entering BHF face numerous difficulties in achieving this goal. Barriers include interrupted or incomplete education, poor or non-existent employment histories, lack of role models, repeated experience of perceived or systemic discrimination and diminished self-confidence. Some barriers are very specific- lack of ID, lack of bank account/dependency on pay day lenders, ineligibility for federal benefits due to not filing income tax declarations. BHF is pleased to network with other agencies and programs to address these issues.
The BHF Employment Development program is designed to help members ready themselves to enter or re-enter the paid workforce at whatever point make sense in conjunction with individual treatment plans.